Travel Requirements

Visa Information

For full visa requirements including nationals who do not require a visa/ visa on arrival/ visa prior to travel, please visit
For visa application, an invitation letter will be provided upon request. Contact the for more information. Visa on arrival is available for several countries (please see the visa on arrival section under: ) at a cost of USD 50. Having a letter on hand is preferable and advisable. South African passport holders do not need a visa, and as a general rule, SADC passport holders do not require visas. Visitors from the UK and Germany can easily obtain visas upon arrival.

Health Regulations

Since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, there are no strict health regulations in place – travellers to Zambia will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing against COVID-19. However, individuals are encouraged to perform their own checking and confirmation as health regulations may vary. Please refer to for more information.


Please note that Uber is not available in Lusaka, however, there are similar e-hailing services called Yango and Ulendo, which can be downloaded, similar to Uber.

Application Update

Before traveling to Zambia, it's a good idea to check the plug types of your devices and ensure you have the necessary adapters or converters to charge and use them. Adapters can typically be purchased at electronics stores, travel supply stores, or online retailers before your trip. In Zambia, the standard plug type used is Type C, Type D, and Type G. Here's a breakdown of each plug type:

  1. Type C: This plug type has two round pins and is commonly known as the Europlug. It is compatible with devices that have two-pin plugs commonly used in Europe. If your devices use Type C plugs, you won't need an adapter in Zambia.
  2. Type D: This plug type has three round pins in a triangular configuration. It is commonly used in India, Nepal, and some African countries. If your devices have Type D plugs, you may need an adapter to use them in Zambia.
  3. Type G: This plug type has three rectangular pins in a triangular configuration. It is commonly used in the United Kingdom and some other countries. If your devices have Type G plugs, you will need an adapter to use them in Zambia.

It's worth noting that the voltage in Zambia is 230 volts, and the frequency is 50 Hz. So, if your devices are not compatible with this voltage and frequency, you may also need a voltage converter or transformer to safely use your electronics.

Money | Currency | Exchange

Here are some tips regarding currency and money matters in Zambia:

  1. Currency: The official currency of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW). It is denoted by the symbol "ZK" or "ZMW."
  2. Exchange Rates: The exchange rates for Zambian Kwacha can fluctuate, so it's advisable to check the current rates before exchanging your currency. You can find up-to-date exchange rates at banks, currency exchange offices, or online currency converters.
  3. Cash and Cards: While cash is widely accepted in Zambia, it's also common to use credit and debit cards in major cities and tourist areas. However, it's a good idea to carry some cash with you, especially for smaller businesses, markets, and rural areas where card acceptance may be limited.
  4. ATMs: ATMs are available in major cities and towns in Zambia. They usually dispense Zambian Kwacha. Be aware that some rural areas may have limited ATM availability, so it's recommended to withdraw cash before traveling to remote locations.
  5. Currency Exchange: Banks and authorized currency exchange bureaus are the safest places to exchange your currency into Zambian Kwacha. Avoid street vendors or unauthorized individuals for currency exchange to prevent scams or receiving counterfeit money.
  6. Small Denominations: It's a good practice to keep small denominations of Zambian Kwacha with you for day-to-day expenses, as it can sometimes be difficult to get change for larger notes.
  7. Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory in Zambia, but it's appreciated for good service. In restaurants, a 10% to 15% tip is customary if a service charge is not already included in the bill. For other services like taxi rides or hotel staff, rounding up the bill or giving a small tip is common.
  8. Safety: When handling cash or using ATMs, be mindful of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure your safety. It's advisable to use ATMs located in well-lit and secure areas.

Remember, currency-related information can change, so it's always a good idea to check with local authorities, banks, or reliable sources for the most up-to-date information before your trip to Zambia.

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